Do you notice something different? That's right...I dumped Birchbox and upgraded to Beauty Bar and Allure's Sample Society. It is $15 a month instead of $10, but it is much higher quality than Birchbox.
*$10 a month
*It was started by Michelle Phan (who is a Youtube Beauty Guru)
*Every month you receive a make-up bag with deluxe samples and full sized products
My March bag:
*"Great Escape" Anchor Makeup bag (unknown value)
*La Fresh Travel-lite Makeup remover wipes 8 pack($1.49)
*Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($22 for 6.75oz, 1oz= $3.26)
*Glam RX Mini Freestyle Palette (unknown value, same palette with an added layer of makeup is $16.50.)
*Yabby Eyeshadow singles x2 ($3.29 each= $6.58)
Total value before makeup bag and Glam RX: $11.33 (Est. about $25 total value)
Initial Thoughts: I'm not thrilled about this Ipsy bag. I am however willing to forgive them since Ipsy has been so awesome recently. This month was a complete bust for me. The Glam RX is basically an EMPTY magnetic palette that you can put the crappy Yabby eyeshadow in. I won't use the eyeshadow and probably won't use the Glam RX. I love Juice Beauty, but I am not a fan of Hydrating Mists. I just find it odd to spray scented stuff in your face. I always want to wipe it off afterward. This stuff feels a little sticky to me too, so I don't care for it. I will use the LA Fresh wipes and the makeup bag, but that is about it.
Sample Society (Please use code TFL99 if you sign up)
*$15 a month
*Creation of Allure and Beauty Bar
*5 deluxe-sized samples
*$15 gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase - when any product from the brands you've sampled is included in your order.
*Expert beauty advice to accompany your samples from the editors of Allure
My March box:
*Hollywood Fashion Tape (36 strips=$9.55, 18 Strips= $4.78)
*Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Hair Care ($24 for 8.4oz, 1.7oz=$4.86)
*Butter London in Diamond Geezer (FULL SIZED! $15)
*Lashfood Eyebrow Conditioner ($90 for 0.3oz, 0.05oz= $15)
*Murad Essential-C Day Moisturizer SPF 30 ($60 for 1.7oz, 0.33oz= $11.65)
Total Value: $51.29
Initial Thoughts: I love it! The full size Butter London may have made me scream like a little girl when I opened the box. I will use everything in this box (even the fashion tape...I have a low cut dress that likes to move). I have already fell in love with the Oscar Blandi conditioner even though I will probably never buy it at that price. I definitely will not be buying the Lashfood or Murad either, but I am happy to have the samples to try. This girl can stretch samples this size over months! Very impressive first Sample Society box and I am not regretting ditching Birchbox at all. :)
This Month's Winner: Sample Society hands down. Now that my boxes are costing different amounts ($10 for Ipsy, $15 for Sample Society); I will keep that in mind when picking the winner. This month's value, usability and overall excitement all are in favor of Sample Society. I will use everything in the Sample Society box. Whereas with Ipsy I will only use 2/5 of the products. I'm not worried about it though. Ipsy has been very dependable and sent mostly amazing products. I am confident they will improve next month.
Read my previous Battle of the Sample Boxes- Ipsy Vs. Birchbox:
June 2012 Battle of the Sample Boxes
Disclaimer: I pay for these subscriptions out of my own pocket. This is a completely honest post for the benefit of my readers. I am not in contact with the companies and I am not compensated in any way.